Nothing is more frustrating than to have a loved one being treated at the hospital and not have the money to cover the cost of the hotel room to see them. That is why Fisher House provides military loved ones with a home away from home, at no cost.
Nothing is more frustrating than to have a loved one being treated at the hospital and not have the money to cover the cost of the hotel room to see them.
That is why Fisher House provides military loved ones with a home away from home, at no cost.
“The families stay here for free, their sons or daughters are typically getting treated at Womack. The families they come here with no charge. They have to be outside of 50 miles, but its support of treatment of their family member at the hospital,” said James Dixon manager of Fisher House.
This house enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times, during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
“It’s not a hotel, it’s a house,” said Dixon.
Families are able to do things just like being in their home.
They can wash clothes, cook dinner, watch TV and other things that individuals can do in their home setting.
“We want families to feel like this is their home. So when they are here it’s their house, they can do what they want and we just manage to make sure there is no conflict in the house between families,” said Dixon.
The households 11 rooms, including seven queen rooms, two double full rooms, and two double queens.
The kitchen also has multiple microwaves, sinks, refrigerators, freezers, and pantries for the families.
There is unlimited food that the families have access to as well.
The house also provides numerous dryers and washers, along with a closet full of different supply a family needs such as a toilet paper, tissue and cleaning supply.
The children have a playroom, filled with toys and games.
In addition, there is an entertainment room where individuals can relax and watch TV.
Fisher allows families to stay up to six months and provides other resources if needed.
“If the family needs counseling services, we provide that. If a family is grieving over the loss of a Soldier we have resources we can reach out to if need be,” said Dixon.
This organization is nonprofit and any household items can be accepted for donations, except for clothing.
“The idea of volunteering is about the selfless service to support the families of Fisher House and so the glory should go to the families of Fisher House, not the volunteer.”
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/FisherHouse/.